Netflix scheduled in an anxious audience

It’s 2019, Netflix is apart of our daily routine, let’s be honest, it is.

But, isn’t it a little scary the power Netflix has over us. I quickly searched how many Australians are connected to Netflix. Over 10 million according to Roy Morgan.

The content on Netflix is shaping us; providing us with entertainment, conversational topics, social groups, mindless streaming and outlets etc. It has immersed itself into our lives so intensively, what were we doing before, without it?

Netflix almost knows me, ‘Hey Bianca I know you live for Horror, Fantasy, Science fiction and Comedy so here is, Love, Death and Robots’’.

Brilliant. 

I’m hooked, I  truly am. A collection of vast ideas and genres in animated short stories representing something of deep truth. A SHORT ANIMATION VERSION OF BLACK MIRROR, YES! 

However,I am going to focus on the second episode called ‘Three Robots’. You guessed it, it’s about three robots. Media audience Blog finished…

No, let’s get into it. Why is this episode so damn good?

It is set in the future. Us humans, well, we are extinct leaving three robots roaming the land, curious of what humans were and how they lived, and how they became apart of the national museum without a curator. 

The creator Tim Miller creates a sense of amusement through irony when the robots discover elements related to human activity, making them question who created humans and what they were made out of (referring to their own serial codes).

However, as this magnificent piece is made for humans to consume and reflect on, we are sitting there relating to all the human references made, knowingly that we are the creators of robots and the reason for our vanishment. Ironic, right?

The dark humour puts us in a place of self-evaluation. We become aware of our actions, Anxious of what comes next. Now, this is what I find interesting, I love deep truth being revealed. I love that this Netflix animated show is available to a mass audience, capturing an idea of what our future may be like. We may continue to blindly go down a dark path, or, we way wake up. But, is it too late?  I wonder how long this will sit in someone’s mind. Could this make a difference?

I captured this gif myself from Netflix using giphy capture .

Now, the problem is more than these two things: Netflix users will go onto the next best show and society will follow the next trend. We are living in a mass mediated society, the human attention span is becoming shorter. We are socially consuming and are addicted to media.

‘Three robots’ makes us realise that we are the pinnacle of our success, but, we are also our own downfall. I feel the creator has made this series of Love, Death and Robots to question our reality and what effect it has on our future. I appreciate this as an audience of the media as the concepts addressed in this episode are ones I think about almost everyday. However, this is not a new concept.

Ugh, not another post-apocalyptic film where robots take over” … 

But, like I said  earlier, our society is so flooded with media. Are we children needing to constantly be reminded of the consequences of our actions. I don’t know…

PS: I want you to watch this for yourself so I am not explaining the whole episode. Jump online and see the deeper meaning…and get ready for the petty twist. 

“Yes, Once we could open up our own tuna can, that was pretty much that for the human race.”

Reference : 

Miller, T 2019, ‘Three Robots’, Love, Death and Robots, online video, 15 March, Netflix, viewed 16 March 2019, <https://www.netflix.com/watch/80223967?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C1%2Caa0ab450-cb9b-435e-93b5-24fed0cb457d-34135348%2C%2C>.

Roy, M 2018, ‘Netflix set to surge beyond 10 million users’, Roy Morgan, weblog post, 3 August, viewed 16 March 2019.

Making – to be continued

Check out the page @accessyourability 

Looking back at my first blog post, I still have the same outlook. But now, I know, the issues are much deeper.

I welcome you to the “MAKING” blog post about Access Your Ability. This may be a long one. So buckle in, but I am hoping by the time you finish reading this, you will understand the reasoning of my project.

It’s week 13 now of the #bcm114 subject, and sadly, it’s coming to an end. But not my project. We spent time thinking, observing and defining a problem, coming up with an idea to solve this problem. We then learnt through rapid prototyping of select ideas and evolving new ideas. Then through feedback, (got to listen to your audience, otherwise how would your product be successful?) we reiterate. Then repeat this process.

repeat #designthinkingprocess

In my previous post, I ended it with “What were snuggies originally designed for”. So, with research, I have found there are some claims that they are designed for people in wheelchairs and others that they are not.

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/the-story-behind-the-original-snuggie/

https://www.bustle.com/p/as-seen-on-tv-products-arent-for-lazy-people-they-make-disabled-peoples-lives-easier-2432833

https://community.drownedinsound.com/t/informercial-style-products-e-g-snuggies-were-actually-designed-disabled-people/10812

However, doesn’t matter what the snuggies are originally designed for. This opens up a new insight to how sucky society can be. There are brilliant designs that assist people living with disabilities in their daily life, but, society considers it as a laughing matter and see it as “lazy”.

https://twitter.com/BarkyBoogz/status/910360315610746883?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E910519650311532544&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bustle.com%2Fp%2Fas-seen-on-tv-products-arent-for-lazy-people-they-make-disabled-peoples-lives-easier-2432833

This is why #disabilityawareness is so important. Majority of people see people living with disabilities a “minority”, which to me, is wrong. We are all people, put on this earth, trying to figure out why we are here. But, unfortunately society has constructed the “majority” and the “minority”. 

In the early days, people with disabilities were institutionalised and treated as mentally incapable or even inhuman. Thank god for the human rights coming in and saving the day, for most. This is me sugar coating it for you, have a look, do some research. You can start here –

https://disabilityjustice.org/the-closing-of-willowbrook/

Society has come a long way with how they treat people with disabilities. We have charities and disability organisations that provide support to individuals and families, ensuring basic human rights and needs are being met. But, they aren’t always well funded and there are many that do miss out. I guess there are always a negative with a positive, how can we distinguish between good and bad?

Another concept I would like to reflect on is “normalising disability” by providing “positive imagery” in the media. Society at large is being fed a image of a disabled person that is physically abled, educationally competent and determined to live a ‘normal’ lifestyle. This ‘positive’ representation has now become a stereotype, and I feel, it isn’t ethical. Is this so the “majority” of people think they are cute and want to contribute money to services? hmmmm. When looking at this, I looked at my project and the photos I uploaded of my brother Zac, was I contributing to this stereotype of positive imagery?

16th September

The comment – “I can’t decide that I liked this photo because of the composition or place but it is really good”.

This is proof that people like a certain type of image. What would be the response if I uploaded an image of a person with a disability that relied on support to complete tasks such as breathing, eating or going to the toilet.?

This is a touchy, yet, deep subject.

“You don’t really understand the problem until after the first time you implement a solution” 

I really feel I understand the words of Eric Raymond. Once I began iterating my idea, I fell deep into the issues surrounding disability. What was the reason behind this lack of access, why is there this stigma about disability, what does this ‘positive imagery of disability’ made by charities and organisations actually mean and what does ‘normalising disability’ mean and is the media doing it correctly? Is this ethical ?

Whirlwind of emotions. This is why I attempted to capture my insight of some of the foundations of these issues.

  1. People making fun of people with disabilities
  2. Society is separated into the “minorities” and “majorities”
  3. Traumatic history of people with disabilities being institutionalised
  4. Unethical “positive imagery” of “abled” disability people

To sum it up, the “majority” of people are uneducated and unaware of the history and issues people with disabilities face.

Okay, so my project.

Learn to make, Learn through making.

In my previous post Prototyping I addressed my learning moments through the various platforms I tried and the content I made – WordPress, Tumblr and Instagram.

I have been continuing with Instagram because it is free, the cost of failure is low, easy to reach targeted audience through the use of hashtags and it’s inexpensive.

My process of my project is ongoing. With my insights mentioned above I have explored with the content and Issues I am addressing. Again, it is interesting the amount of likes/interactions I get when I post a ‘positive’ image of Zac. So my aim, here to to raise awareness of issues people with disability face, as well as raising disability awareness.

Check out the page @accessyourability 

A quick development of Access Your Ability

>From the beginning

 1st post

I designed and implemented story highlights and posted related content.

Below – a post about making changes. Not a stereotypical positive image….

Also, used Canva to create this. (Free + quick)

Events story highlight – I went to my brothers Gala ball and took this opportunity to capture the event and promote my project.

I tagged the organisation in my posts.

I changed my info – added ‘services’ and implemented #whatsyourstory.

I feel it is really hard to put my progress into a blog post without boring you and rambling on…

To sum up my progress, I have learnt through MAKING, I have discovered the DEEPER issues, making me more PASSIONATE for this project to develop into something that can benefit and make change.

Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create and express ourselves to feel whole.

References

http://firstmonday.org/article/view/578/499#d4

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-defines-a-meme-1904778/?c=y&page=1

http://www.ru.org/index.php/human-rights/315-the-history-of-disability-a-history-of-otherness

Click to access maker-movement-manifesto-sample-chapter.pdf

 

Prototyping

Well, guess who figured out how to make gifs without using other gifs… Me. I am so excited to have found a user friendly application that records my screen. Stank you Giphy Capture.

RELEASE EARLY RELEASE OFTEN + TEST > It’s Prototyping <

What is interesting though; coming up with a simple idea, isn’t simple. Ideating, prototyping and making don’t always go in that order – Once you begin making, a new idea sparks. You learn through the process, a nice, messy process.

My previous post – Ideating. I got some great feedback! Thank You all x.

>>>>feedback loops

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Constructive feedback + criticism is crucial to the design process.  100% of my feedback on my ideating blog has suggested to expand to reach a larger audience. It’s pretty obvious that I was missing the obvious… So, I am expanding. Why focus on a small area when my initial aim for this project is for people with disabilities to expand their experiences. I guess I was trying to keep my project tiny, but I would have been losing out.

T E S T I N G + F E F O + R E R O

I tested on TUMBLR, WORDPRESS + INSTAGRAM

Tumblr : https://yankda.tumblr.com/

Tumblr… what was I thinking. Realistically, my targeted audience wouldn’t be on here. The whole point of my Digital Artefact is to fill that missing gap and become that resource for families, carers, individuals and organisations who don’t have the time to research places & activities LET ALONE BLOGGING ON TUMBLR.

But, I did find some great posts on Tumblr from inspiring individuals living with disabilities, creating awareness.
I discovered the hashtag #ablism – This is awesome. Shining a positive light onto disability – WE ARE ABLE NOT DIS-ABLED!!!!

WordPress : https://accessyourability.wordpress.com

WordPress was great. The features of this platform demonstrated the potential my project has. I was able to organise my content into categories – eat, places and activities. I used widgets to link social media, I even created a question link – “Where would you like to go?” – Giving the user the opportunity to suggest places + activities for myself to review. These awesome features along with my content + desired future content have the potential to form into a neat, simple, accessible, user friendly site that is almost practical. I like that.

B U T

There is too much to do. I don’t have time for this right now. How can I research, get them facts STRAIGHT, explore locations, take photos, consider each activity/location carefully and assess how and WHY they are great and how they accommodate for everyone, write blogs, experiment and design the site, do other Uni work, work full-time to pay off a mortgage, eat, be alive and take care of those dark circles under my eyes.

Life happens. To sum it up. This platform wasn’t F.I.S.T enough. I couldn’t R.E.R.O either.

Also, for my concept and the gap I am trying to fill. A website doesn’t really seal the deal. Stay tuned for why I feel this..

 

instagram: @accessyourability

Ahh, Instagram. You clever platform, you.

You are the definition of F.I.S.T & R.E.R.O

What I didn’t like:

  1. Lack of organising content into categories – Can only achieve this with story highlights.. to an extent.
  2. Content cannot be pinned to a location making it accessible for people.

What I like:

  1. Successful in reaching targeted audience (through hashtags related to #disability)
  2. Great way to get the name out there – we live in a mass mediated society who basically live on instagram. So, best to be in everyone’s face and join instagram.
  3. It’s so damn easy to use. Business tools & features are beneficial and provide good insights.

The photos I have uploaded are genuine. It isn’t me marketing or advertising my business, it’s happy natural shots of my brother Zac out in the community. This is what my targeted audience want – real personal experiences. Our world today is so full of advertising, mass media and marketing. I attempt put out a reminder that we are all human. In this case, eliminate negativity or fear related to people with disabilities – see them as people.

> It takes time to create & upload content. I am planning to invite followers to share their experiences/ recommendations and reviews on my page. We can be a big ol community. 🙂 (Also let’s them do the hard work)

Instagram Hashtags I used in this post

#accessyourability #access #accessible#disability #downsyndrome #ability #abilism#wheelchair #wheelchairacess #beach#beachaccess #accesswollongong#accesspool #accessiblepool #hoist#community #fun #whattodo #getoutside #disabilityawareness

#access(location)

^^^^^^ SIGNIFICANT HASHTAG ? – Users can find local places/activities

My prototyping stage was really a period of me exploring different platforms and learning more about my project, seeing its potential and also re-defining the problem.
RE-DEFINED PROBLEM – LACK OF ACCESS TO A QUICK RESOURCE OF INFORMATION RELATING TO THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF USERS. THE PROCESS HAS TO BE QUICK AND ACCESSIBLE ITSELF.
HOW ABOUT AN APPLICATION.

USER FRIENDLY –

Features

X Interactive map –

X Categories

X Click for more information – reviews (by users perhaps?)

  1. Eat
  2. Places
  3. Accomodation
  4. Events
  5. Activities
  6. Toilets
  7. Services

I feel an application designed around my project would be great. Hard work though, and it’s not going to happen now. But, you could say the process has already begun (thought process). An application is way more accessible than a website. Especially if it has a interactive map, the users could search what is close to them and see reviews. (Keep in mind, these reviews are acknowledging how places + activities are accommodating to various needs).

messy sketch

I will continue to use instagram to continue to learn about my audience + understand the gap/issues more clearly.

Yanks.

 

what were snuggies originally designed for ?

Nollywood & Korean Cinema

If you haven’t heard of Nollywood or Korean Cinema.

WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING ?

Ryoo, W 2009, Globalization, or the logic of cultural hybridization: the case of the Korean wave. Asian Journal of Communication, Vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 137-151, Viewed 24 August 2018, <https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/doi/pdf/10.1080/01292980902826427?needAccess=true&gt;

This article investigates the international phenomenon of transnational popular cultural flow in relation to globalisation. Throughout the article, the author explores fundamental disjuncture’s between economy, culture and politics within the five dimensions of global cultural flows: ethnoscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, finanscapes and ideascapes whilst recognizing the expansion of certain cultural ideas, political changes and economic developments caused by globalisation. It focuses on the implications of cultural hybridization and glocalisation within the Asia Pacific. It demonstrates the prominent influence and effect of Americanisation on other cultures; such as, the beginning of the ‘Korean Wave’. This is evident in the Korean Cinema; if we compare it with films made from Hollywood, we can definitely see the influence and understand the complexity of cultural hybridisation, as Korean Cinema adapts Hollywood films in such a way to meet their cultural requirements.  The author educates us on the history of the Korean Wave and its global position. Korean wave is a clear indication of globalisation of culture. Neighbouring Asian countries originally had a poor insight of South Korea, often only negative stereotypes generated from the Korean War. These insights have changed since South Korea gifted their trendy entertainers, new technology, exposure of contemporary Korean lives through dramas and movies. The content of arguments presented throughout the article are organised in relevant subtopics making it easy for the reader. It is well referenced, academically written, well researched, a great introduction to the Korean Wave, cultural hybridisation and globalisation. Therefore, it is a reliable source that is related to ‘Global Film Industries’.


Timi dapin 2016, ‘Watch Nigerian Nollywood Movie Trailer Spidergirl!’, online video, 21 March, Youtube, Viewed 25 August 2018, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW68LryEMsY&gt;

This 2.26-minute movie trailer captures the complexity involved in globalisation as we question whether this is a work of global hybridization or glocalisation. Nigeria’s film ‘Spider Girl’ is clearly influenced from popular western culture; the heroic marvel film, Spiderman. Hollywood is the number one film industry, producing top of the range films with huge explosions, dramatic filming techniques and special effects. ‘Spider Girl’ attempts to achieve these aspects, however, Nigeria has a much lower budget than Hollywood. The filming techniques, special effects, quality of sound and picture is very low compared to that of Hollywood’s films. Spider Girl does not follow the same narrative structure or details as Spiderman. Nigeria has adapted the concept of Spiderman and conveyed their own cultural values and using real life stories from individuals living in Africa to accommodate their targeted audience – People of Africa. This is easily recognisable through the character’s personalities, the local events, scenery, fashion, dialogue, body language and cultural values. In this sense, I would say this is a form of Glocalisation as Nigeria has been influenced globally but has acted locally. This source is a great insight to the influence of global cinema and the effect of globalisation. Therefore, it is related to the topic of ‘Global Film Industries’.

Ideating

We have progress, a starting point, a turning point or maybe a dead end. Who knows, only time will tell.

My progress so far, is, an idea, a name, Instagram page and a WordPress blog which are currently unattended and lack content.
I am A proud Disability Support Worker and Youth Worker. Working in the industry I was able to see what shit really went down, how peoples basic human rights were discarded by those “underpayed un-passionate support workers who cut corners to make it to the end of their shift”. I had guessed there was a tonne of employees who hated their job and took it out on the people they were caring, it was presented in Zac (my awesome brother with Down Syndrome). But, don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy job. You can understand that people become burnt out and why there is a massive turnover within the support sector.

Continue reading “Ideating”

Internationalising Higher Education

Leong, S and Woods, D 2017, “I don’t care about Asia”, Teaching Asia in Australia, Journal of Australian Studies, pp. 367-379, Viewed 16 August 2018, <https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/doi/full/10.1080/14443058.2017.1343251?scroll=top&needAccess=true>

This article explores the concepts of teaching Asia in Australia. It navigates through teachers and students perspectives of Asia Literacy. D Woods and S Leong are first generation – migrant teachers from Asia who have been encouraged to teach Asia Literacy in Australia. Continue reading “Internationalising Higher Education”

Globalisation, Media Flows and Saturation Coverage

In week 2 of #BCM111 we explore the topic ‘Globalisation, Media Flows and Saturation Coverage’.

What is Globalisation? Well lucky for you (and me) I have found a GREAT academic journal that clearly explains it. I have also sourced a news report that demonstrates a different perspective of Globalisation.

 

Continue reading “Globalisation, Media Flows and Saturation Coverage”